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AMERICA'S BEST

America's Best Contacts and Eyeglasses is a pretty familiar name for most of us. Plentiful commercials and marketing efforts have been engraved in our minds for years. This company sells eyeglasses as well as contact lenses and typically markets themselves as a discount store where value may supersede customer service, in some cases. America's Best has moved their mall presences to the Internet and offers customers a chance to shop online, from the comfort of their home.

Shoppers will find only a handful of contact brands at America's Best. Acuvue, Air Optix, SofLens, Focus, Proclear and more are the most popular brands today and are sold at this online retailer. Navigating the website and their smaller selection is pretty standard. Shoppers may choose from 1 of their 11 contact brands or they may shop by type of lens.

Our sample price comparison between America's Best and the competition presented some interesting results. The standard pricing at America's Best was much higher than the discount stores we had found. However, a savings opportunity exists at America's Best in their membership options. A 3 year membership for $99.00 or a 5 year for $139 provides shoppers the option to save typically $5 to $7 per box of contacts. But, the discounted membership prices still didn't provide a savings over other companies we reviewed.

America's Best does offer a 30 day money back return policy for unopened and unused items in original packaging. Standard ground shipping is available for orders totaling $50 or more. This website also offers customer service assistance via phone call but only Monday through Friday from 9:00 to 6:00 EST which may not meet the needs of most employed shoppers.

America's Best ranked low due to their pricing. The website provides a smaller selection than most companies reviewed and they really lack the value they claim to focus on. After spending nearly $100 for membership pricing, the contact lenses are more expensive than most companies reviewed. Customers will actually pay more here and never recoup the membership fees. If you're looking for an extensive selection of contact lenses at great prices we recommend you shopper higher on our list.

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CONTACTS AMERICA

With a promise of over 1,000,000 lenses in stock, one would think that Contacts America could deliver on all your contact lens needs. Contacts America claims they carry all major brands such as Acuvue, Biomedics, Focus, and Freshlook - but so do all of their competitors. Contacts America also promises to carry hard-to-find specialty lenses such as toric contact lenses, colored lenses, bifocal lenses, and multifocal lenses - but again, so do their competitors.

While carrying so many lenses is helpful, Contacts America's website features colors that are harsh and flashy. The choice in colors might have been chosen to keep with an American theme, but as presented on this website they are overwhelming and unappealing to someone shopping for something as delicate as contact lenses.

During our repeated testing efforts, the website exhibited numerous technical issues that affected the display and usability of the site. Certain elements slid right off the visible area of the webpage. This proved to be aggravating at the least and confusing to potential shoppers.

While Contacts America does provide a side-by-side chart showing consumers their price compared to other contact lens providers, it just wasn't enough to receive a higher rating. Aside from the issues with where the chart was displayed, the information in the chart itself was somewhat misleading. It features Contacts America's lowest price only when you order a minimum of 4 boxes per eye. This high volume of contacts may not appeal to consumers who don't want to buy contacts in large quantities, or whose prescription needs change more rapidly.

Contacts America offers to refund or exchange unopened lenses within 30 days of delivery.

Although Contacts America is a simple site, it is difficult to navigate due to the bright colors and technical difficulties. They need to spend time improving the shopper experience if they hope to be a competitive player in this market.

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Contact Lens Stores

To help you find the Best Contact Lens Stores, TopConsumerReviews.com provides you with an in-depth comparison of America's Best and Contacts America.

Contact Lenses are often the number one choice for people with vision correction needs. Besides offering flexibility and convenience, contact lenses come with a variety of types and features, catering to consumer's needs.

Which kind of contact lenses are right for you? Many people are surprised by the large variety of contact lenses that are available. From soft contact lenses, to extended wear lenses, to disposables, each type of contact lens has its own unique set of advantages and disadvantages.

There are a great many reasons why people choose to wear contact lenses over traditional eyeglasses. Some of these reasons include:

  • They allow a natural field of view, unobstructed by eyeglass frames
  • They do not fog up or get splattered by rain
  • They generally offer better sight correction than eyeglasses
  • Many people feel they look better and more natural in contacts than in eyeglasses

For your convenience, we've put together this contact lens cheat sheet that describes some of the different types of contact lenses and what you should expect from each one.

In addition to deciding which type of contact lens is right for you, there are a number of factors to consider when deciding where to purchase your contact lenses. Some of these factors include:

  • Variety.  Does the store offer the type of contact lens you need, with the features you want?
  • Cost.  Does the store consistently offer competitive rates for the contact lenses they sell?
  • Guarantee.  If you aren't happy with the product, can you return it for a refund?

TopConsumerReviews.com has reviewed and ranked the best contact lens stores available today. We hope this information helps you save time and money when purchasing your next set of contact lenses!



The Latest Trends in Contact Lenses

Contact lenses have come a long way since the earliest blown-glass creations in the late 1880's. It was not until the 1950's that lenses were crafted that could be worn all day. Even so, lenses were fragile and expensive, and contact lens insurance was common.

The cornea in the eye does not contain blood vessels, so oxygen must be directly absorbed by the cornea from the air. In the late 1970's, doctors developed rigid gas permeable lenses that allow oxygen to pass through the lens material. Also in the 1970's, chemists developed contact lenses made from soft, flexible material, and these have become the most popular types.

Current contact lens research is involved in finding ways to increase oxygen transference to the cornea. Scientists are also working on ways to include antimicrobial ingredients in the lenses themselves. This helps with the identification and prevention of conditions resulting from contamination by foreign organisms and reduces bacterial infection.

Contact lenses must be periodically cleaned, then rinsed and disinfected before reuse. Lenses must also be stored in a liquid solution when not being used, for example overnight. In the past, each of these functions was performed by a separate formulation. More recently, multipurpose cleaning solutions have been developed that perform all these functions. There are even devices that clean and disinfect lenses using ultrasonic, ultraviolet, or vibration. The latest multipurpose solutions are effective against bacterial and fungal growth, and include ingredients to increase surface moisture and provide greater comfort to lens wearers.

Other areas of patient compliance also present a challenge. For example, if lenses designed for daily wear are worn overnight, there is an increased risk of corneal infection. The use of daily disposable lenses helps reduce contamination by inadequate cleaning or improper storage. A lens case lined with silver has been developed to help eliminate germs that might come in contact with the lens case.

Perhaps the most radical and exciting development in contact lenses is the work being done to create "bionic lenses". Still in the testing stage, these lenses include electronic circuits and infrared lights incorporated into the lens material itself to create a virtual display similar to a heads-up display in modern aircraft. Scientists are experimenting with using radio signals to power the lenses instead of conventional power sources, like batteries. With a built-in antenna, these lenses could communicate with a personal computer or other electronic device and be used for playing video games, education, training, or perhaps to provide warnings to people who are hearing-impaired.

 



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Outbreak of preventable eye infection in contact lens wearers

A new outbreak of a rare but preventable eye infection that can cause blindness, has been identified in contact lens wearers in a new study led by UCL and Moorfields Eye Hospital researchers.

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